Homer Rhode Loop Knot — Step-by-Step Tying Guide

The Homer Rhode Loop knot or Homer Rhode knot is a famous and very strong loop knot that anglers use to create a loop connection on a lure, hook, or a fly.

The fishing knot has undergone several changes since its inception, but the original outshines the variations. It involves two overhand knot which varies in size in alterations of the knot. 

Tying the Homer Rhode Loop Knot

Homer Rhode Loop

Step 1

Make an overhand knot at the end of the line leaving 4 inches at the tag end. 

Step 2

Have the tag end of the line pass through the hook eye.

Step 3

Run the tag end back through the loop created by the overhand knot. 

Step 4

Pull the knot tight on the standing line and make sure it lies close enough to the hook eye to touch it. You will have a complete Homer Rhode knot in your hands. 

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Homer Rhode Knot Tying Guide

Tying Tips

  • Make sure that the complete Homer Rhode loop knot lies as close to the hook eye as possible.
  • You can tie more than one overhand knot higher up on the standing line before pulling the fishing knot tight. 


  • The Homer Rhode fishing loop knot works onto a heavy leader or line irrespective of the size of the loops you make. 
  • This fishing knot can allow a fly to hang free at the tippet connection 

Advantages and Disadvantages

This fishing loop knot can be used to attach lures and flies quickly, and it does not have any downsides as long as you practice enough. It’s a very strong loop knot that you can use for fishing.


Improved Homer Rhode Loop Knot

This is an enhanced version of the original fishing knot. However, the only difference between this knot and the original is that the first knot uses a single overhand knot, followed by a two-loop overhand knot.

Non-Slip Mono Knot

These loop knots are a higher strength version of the Homer Rhode, which can be used to make a sturdy fixed loop at the end of a fishing line. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the Non-Slip Mono Knot change when tightened?

A: The outer short end wrappings become internal when tightened.

Q: How many turns do I make to strengthen a knot?

A: The number of turns you make should depend on the type of line you have. For example, you can make seven wraps in a line that can withstand 6 to 8 lbs in weight, but only 2 in one that can withstand 60 lbs. 

Q: Which is the weakest line for knots?

A: Fluorocarbon is often considered to be the weakest line, so it cannot withstand strong knots or a lot of weight for prolonged periods of time. The Palomar knot is considered to be the best for this line as it can retain most of its strength without breaking off. Plus, it is durable and easier to tie compared to other knots and does not slip as easily. 

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing and spearfishing enthusiast. He's been fishing since he was 5 years old in the backcountry of Yosemite for trout and in the surf near his home in SoCal. Over the past 4 years, he's been spearfishing up and down the coast of California. He started Cast and Spear to help inspire others to get outside and chase their dream fish. Notable catches include spearing a 65-pound white sea bass, large grouper, and yellowtail down in Baja. When he's not in the water, he's usually fishing from his Gregor Baja aluminum boat or inflatable Takacat catamaran.
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